New Releases: 9 October 2015

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Over 20 Canadian LPs and EPs have hit the shops this week. Here is a synopsis on them.

Toronto’s Language Arts offers sweet, melodic alternative vibes on new album Able Island. We especially dig track “Idea”. Montreal’s Les Revenants present various grooves on another great alternative work, Épouvantails. Platinum St. Catharines singer-songwriter, a multiple JUNO winner, City and Colour delivers his latest, If I Should Go Before You which currently sits in the iTunes Top 3.

Pomerlo, from Quebec City, has delighted us with a wonderful reggae album, Légende personnelle. Francis Faubert rocks things up with Maniwaki. He is from Duclos, QC. Those looking for something nifty and a bit different should enjoy alternative album Princess Flash from Montreal’s Foreign Diplomats. One of Canada’s top rap acts, Winnipeg’s Grand Analog, compiles some of the best cuts from previous albums on Roll Dub Soul Rap. Be warned: they are very catchy!

Hurray for Prince Edward Island joining the party! The East Pointers, a world/folk/Celtic trio, launches superb LP Secret Victory. Astronaut Chris Hadfield (Sarnia, ON) releases the much talked about Space Sessions: Songs from a Tin Can. Montreal gold recording artist Suzie Arioli contributes nice vocal jazz work Spring. Victoria’s Steph Macpherson returns with beautiful singer-songwriter album, Stones. We especially like track “Everything You Don’t Do”.

Three gold albums and a JUNO award grace the achievements of Edmonton’s roots country artist Corb Lund; his new release is Things That Can’t Be Undone. Trillium is the latest from Stratford, ON sweet folk group Trent Severn. And more vocal jazz comes to us from Montreal’s Karen Young and You Make Me Feel So Young. On to the extended plays…

Five EPs that could be classified as alternative are out. On the more synth pop side are Bad::Better from Vancouver’s Fine Times, the exceptionally good self-titled work from Montreal’s Caveboy, and the airy Panic Attack from Vancouver’s Rococode. On the more experimental side, we have Found You from Toronto’s Ev Ree Wuhn and Taking Flight from Halifax JUNO winner Ryan Hemsworth teaming up with the enigmatic Lucas. Force of Nature is a rock EP from Thunder Bay’s Poor Young Things while Post-Secondary is a modern take on reggae from Markham, ON’s Lucas DiPasquale.

Enjoy the new music!